My adventures in the Book World by way of reading and bookselling.
My journey to becoming a writer.

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Hello! I’m Earl.

I live in Portland, Oregon- a city of readers, a wonderland for book lovers.

I work at a wonderful children’s bookstore where I am surrounded by amazing, inspiring stories and come across many “kindred spirits.”

I volunteer with various literary nonprofits.

For fun, I love to visit other bookstores and libraries.

I firmly believe that book people are the best people.

I hope you join me as I share some of my recent reads, my bookish travels, and my ups and downs as I try to get published.

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I will entertain people with my stories.

I will be a successful published writer of children’s books.

I will promote literacy, especially in children’s lives.


Shining a little light on our Neighborhood Stars for December– The Hollywood Star News; December 20, 2016

Volunteering Fuels My Passion for Books– United Way of the Columbia-Willamette; April 23, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight– Multnomah County Library; August 9, 2018

2018 Volunteer Awards Honorees– Multnomah County- Office of Community Involvement; 2018

Meet the 2019 Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise Honorees– Points of Light; August 8, 2019

Feature– Cabot Celebrity Cruise; 2019

The Bookworm– Portland Monthly; Spring 2022 issue / Online March 24, 2022


“Children’s Institute 3 in Photos”– Publisher’s Weekly; April 23, 2015

“Children’s Books Take Center Stage at Children’s Institute”– Publisher’s Weekly; April 24, 2015

James Patterson Holiday Bonus Bookstore Program- 2015; 2019; 2021

“Children’s Institute 5 in Photos”– April 13, 2017

“Jacqueline Woodson Named Sixth Ambassador for Young People’s Literature”– Library of Congress; January 4, 2018

“Second Annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Winner and Honor Books Announced”– The Children’s Book Council; May 2, 2018

“Diverse- and Strong Female- Characters Dominate Children’s Discussion at PNBA”– Publisher’s Weekly; October 11, 2018

“People with disabilities, particularly kids, are seeing themselves in more books”– The Oregonian/OregonLive; March 20, 2019

“You’re Quarantined and Your Kid Runs Out of Books to Read”– April 2, 2020



5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, Earl! I came across a stanza of Summer Readin’ in a google search. I’ve been hunting for the author…I believe it is you? Well, we took that thread and used it with our students to make this awesome video. I hope you can share it with your library and teacher friends for their students. Happy summer and enjoy the show! Thanks for the fun inspiration. Amy
    If you have trouble with safety mode, go to view it in Firefox and you can turn off safety mode by scrolling down (on the youtube link) and turning it to “off.”

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